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star this property date less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Maternity Leave more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has held discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on extending the period of statutory maternity leave. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
star this property answer text <p>In the UK, employed pregnant women and new mothers have a ‘day one’ right to 52 weeks of Maternity Leave; and, if eligible, they are entitled to 39 weeks of pay.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has no current plans to extend the period of statutory Maternity Leave, and so I have not had any discussions on this subject with my rt. hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-07-15T13:30:54.527Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-15T13:30:54.527Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading New Businesses: Internet more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department provides for young people who want to set up an online retail business. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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star this property uin 271451 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
star this property answer text <p>As outlined in our Digital Strategy and Charter, our ambition is to ensure the UK is the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business.</p><p>Support is in place to help small, early stage companies raise equity finance through the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, which offers tax reliefs to individual investors who purchase new shares in those companies. It complements the Enterprise Investment Scheme, which offers tax reliefs to investors in high risk and growing companies. The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme is intended to recognise the particular difficulties which very early stage companies face in attracting investment, by offering tax relief at a higher rate.</p><p>Tech Nation, which receives grant funding from DCMS, provides a range of resources to support the growth of digital businesses in the UK. This includes a Digital Business Academy that provides free online courses on starting and growing a digital business.</p><p>The Start Up Loans Company, a subsidiary of the British Business Bank, delivers the Government’s Start Up Loans programme providing finance and support for businesses who struggle to access other forms of finance.</p><p>Online support is available for young people to start a digital business and apply for financing at the following websites:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/business-support-helpline" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/business-support-helpline</a></p><p><a href="https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/start" target="_blank">https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/start</a></p><p><a href="https://technation.io/resources/digital-business-academy/" target="_blank">https://technation.io/resources/digital-business-academy/</a></p><p><a href="https://www.startuploans.co.uk/about-start-up-loans-company/" target="_blank">https://www.startuploans.co.uk/about-start-up-loans-company/</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-07-09T14:53:41.17Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T14:53:41.17Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-30more like thismore than 2019-04-30
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Zero Hours Contracts: Holiday Leave more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether staff on zero-hours contracts are entitled to annual leave. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
star this property answer text <p>All workers, including workers on zero-hour contracts are entitled to receive paid annual leave.</p><p> </p><p>In 2017, the Unpaid Britain report found that 1.8 million workers are missing out on £1.8 billion each year, in unpaid holiday leave.</p><p> </p><p>The Government wants to ensure that all workers, regardless of the hours they work, receive the paid time off they deserve. This is why the Government recently ran the ‘It comes with the job’ advertising campaign encouraging workers to understand their rights and employers to understand their legal obligations. Government has also developed new guidance, available on GOV.UK, to help workers and employers understand holiday pay policy and entitlement. Both the campaign, and the guidance were aimed at atypical workers, which includes workers on zero hours contracts. To aid those at risk of not receiving their holiday entitlement, the Government has also committed to introducing state enforcement of holiday pay for vulnerable workers.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-05-07T16:05:26.14Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-07T16:05:26.14Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Domestic Appliances: Northern Ireland more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Office for Product Safety and Standards is taking to protect consumers from (a) unsafe and (b) non-compliant electrical goods in Northern Ireland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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star this property uin 242835 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-23more like thismore than 2019-04-23
star this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave him on 8<sup>th</sup> April 2019 to Question <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2019-04-02/239983/" target="_blank">239983</a>.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-04-23T16:31:28.49Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-23T16:31:28.49Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Domestic Appliances: Northern Ireland more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which organisations the Office for Product Safety and Standards is working with in Northern Ireland to protect consumers from (a) unsafe and (b) non-compliant electrical goods. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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star this property uin 242836 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-23more like thismore than 2019-04-23
star this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave him on 8<sup>th</sup> April 2019 to Question <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2019-04-02/239984/" target="_blank">239984</a>.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-04-23T16:31:38.953Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-23T16:31:38.953Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Consumer Goods: Electrical Safety more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what work the Office of Product Safety and Standards (a) is undertaking and (b) plans to undertake to protect consumers from unsafe and non-compliant electrical goods in Northern Ireland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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star this property uin 239983 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-08more like thismore than 2019-04-08
star this property answer text <p>Under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016, electrical goods must be safe before they can be placed on the market in Northern Ireland, as in the rest of the UK. The Regulations place duties on manufacturers, importers and distributors of electrical equipment to ensure that where a safety issue is identified, appropriate action is taken to withdraw, recall or otherwise bring the equipment into conformity.</p><p> </p><p>The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) operates an incident management procedure for managing consumer product safety incidents across the UK, to deliver on its wider purpose of protecting consumers and building public confidence in the product safety system. It also makes available information on recalled electrical products through its dedicated product recall website.</p><p> </p><p>OPSS has provided training for Environmental Health officers in Northern Ireland on product safety recalls, PAT testing and intelligence use and has also provided them with access to testing of products that are imported or manufactured in Northern Ireland.</p><p> </p><p>OPSS will continue to work closely with District Councils and other partners to further develop capability and capacity on product safety to ensure consumers in Northern Ireland are protected from unsafe electrical products.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-04-08T16:08:03.32Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-08T16:08:03.32Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Consumer Goods: Electrical Safety more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which organisations the Office for Product Safety and Standards is working with in Northern Ireland to protect consumers from unsafe and non-compliant electrical goods. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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star this property uin 239984 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-08more like thismore than 2019-04-08
star this property answer text <p>Over the last year officials from the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) have met with the Heads of Environmental Health Services of all District Councils in Northern Ireland, as well as representatives from Trading Standards Northern Ireland, the Border Force Delivery Group NI and are in contact with officials in the Department for the Economy.</p><p> </p><p>The Office is working with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to provide training on practical product safety regulation to regulatory partners in Northern Ireland.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-04-08T16:08:11.39Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-08T16:08:11.39Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Parental Leave more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on additional paid leave for (a) parents of premature babies and (b) multiple birth parents. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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star this property uin 232569 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-22more like thismore than 2019-03-22
star this property answer text <p>The Department is conducting a short, focussed internal review of the provisions for parents of premature babies and sick babies and those that experience multiple births.</p><p> </p><p>Preliminary work on this has now completed and my officials have identified potential areas for further work and options for taking this forward, including opportunities to work with other Government Departments.</p><p> </p><p>I expect to be in a position to say more about this in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-03-22T11:44:09.363Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-22T11:44:09.363Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-05more like thismore than 2019-03-05
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Business: Government Assistance more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support he plans to provide to businesses to help with the UK leaving the EU. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-13more like thismore than 2019-03-13
star this property answer text <p>The Government provides a range of business finance measures aimed at supporting SMEs to do business in the UK. Through our industrial strategy, we are currently taking action to reduce the costs of doing business, including cutting corporation tax to 19%, linking business rate increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) 2 years earlier than planned, and exempting micro businesses from regulations where possible.</p><p>The British Business Bank is also currently delivering more than £5.9 billion of finance to over 82,000 smaller businesses in the UK, and since 2012, the Start-Up Loans programme has lent over £468m to nearly 61,000 entrepreneurs. At Budget 2018, the Start-up Loans programme was extended by one year to April 2021 meaning that another 10,000 loans will be made to entrepreneurs.</p><p>Further, the British Business Bank is increasing deployment of its Enterprise Finance Guarantee loan-guarantee scheme, which has headroom to double commitments from current levels (around £200-220m this year) without further funding and through existing and new delivery partners under existing approvals, subject to demand.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-03-13T17:33:53.653Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-13T17:33:53.653Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Zero Hours Contracts more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he is taking steps to end the use of zero hour contracts. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-19more like thismore than 2019-02-19
star this property answer text <p>Both the Government and independent research have identified that zero hours contracts are beneficial for the labour market as they allow flexibility for both employers and individuals. The latest figures show that only 2.4% of the UK’s workforce are on a zero hours contracts because, for that small proportion, that may be the right contract for them.</p><p> </p><p>In the Review of Modern Working Practices, Matthew Taylor said that banning zero hours contracts altogether “would negatively impact many more people than it helped&quot;. We agree with his assessment and have committed to bring forward legislation to introduce the right to request a more predictable and stable contract for all workers, including those on zero hours contracts. This will allow individuals and businesses to strike the right balance between flexibility and job security.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-02-19T16:28:57.997Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-19T16:28:57.997Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this